Have Wah? Use Wah?

Discussion in 'Pedals' started by X–Ray, May 4, 2012.

Have Wah? Use Wah?

  1. Like 'em, but don’t use one

    7.1%
  2. Don’t use a wah – neutral about them

    2.7%
  3. Use sparingly/occasionally

    42.5%
  4. Don’t like 'em

    2.7%
  5. Sounds dated

    0.9%
  6. An integral effects pedal

    23.0%
  7. Try to use it in a contemporary/unusual way

    1.8%
  8. Used in the past, not anymore

    5.8%
  9. Have one, but don't use it

    13.7%
  1. X–Ray

    X–Ray Cowbell by Misadventure Premium Member

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    talking about wah wah pedals the other day with a buddy

    i've had and used one for years (first one in '69)

    slavishly studied Ain't Superstitious from Jeff Beck's Truth

    also saw Frank Zappa & The Mothers numerous times – great wah player and learned a lot studying his (stink)foot up close and personal

    unfortunately, when i saw The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Jimi's foot was working as poorly as the rest of him – one of those nights...

    unquestionably, my style greatly influenced by Beck and Zappa

    i see wah's on folks' pedal boards and wonder, "Do you use it? Or is it just 'there'?"

     
  2. Thumpalumpacus

    Thumpalumpacus Senior Member

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    They're okay. I haven't owned one since forever. The one in my multieffects unit sucks goat 'nads, so I don't use it.
     
  3. Boppy

    Boppy Senior Member

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    Your poll should be re-named "To What Degree Do You Dislike Wah Pedals?"
     
  4. gibsonguitar1988

    gibsonguitar1988 Senior Member

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    I used to have one but I didn't like it, but that was more that particular wah.

    I think off and on about getting a wah. Either an RMC Joe Walsh or a Dunlop Joe Bonamassa. I like the wide sweep of those.
     
  5. Alligatorbling

    Alligatorbling ★AstroCat★ Premium Member MLP Vendor V.I.P. Member

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    i LOVE the expression and emotion a wah can bring to ones tone!

    i have a bad horsie 2 contour wah on the way, cant wait to get it!!!!
     
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    zontar Senior Member

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    Do auto wahs count?
     
  7. Blades

    Blades Junior Member

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    I like the wah sound, but I wouldn't use it enough to be worth the money.
     
  8. X–Ray

    X–Ray Cowbell by Misadventure Premium Member

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    i use a Vox V847 on my junior pedal board (for use with the 1974X and Class5)

    a Vox V848 Clyde McCoy (reissue) on my senior pedal board (when using either the 1959HW Plexi or DSL100)

    as an effect, i strive for a vocal, human voice sound

    pretty mindless to just rock the pedal back and forth – but getting the articulation and synchronization in the pocket still a challenge after all these years...

    worth the effort for the like–minded and some of the old school
     
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  9. Alligatorbling

    Alligatorbling ★AstroCat★ Premium Member MLP Vendor V.I.P. Member

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    ray, i have my crybaby modded to where it so vocal its no longer a wah wah, its a "WOH WOH" it sounds similar to someone getting vowel effects with a talk box =)
     
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    Barnaby Premium Member

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    My poor Crybaby has been modded in several different ways (true bypass, LED, output buffer) and I just picked up a new red fasel and pot the other day. I'm going to do the parallel resistor change to 100k at the same time.

    I'll use the 'wah wah' sound occasionally, but often set and forget it with distortion, leaving it quite far down to get a sort of 'low-fi grunge' tone that I really like for some things.
     
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  11. Backstage

    Backstage Senior Member

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    I love them and use them occasionally but usually in just one position.
     
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    kboman Senior Member

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    Really dislike the sound. I've had to use it a couple of times in a covers context but not been very happy with it.
     
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    firesgt911 Senior Member

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    I've gone through a few. I used to think it was an essential piece, but now realize that I don't care for them. They just don't do it for me.
     
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    So What Senior Member

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    I use it mostly when I play something "Funky". Occasionaly, I will use it to dial in a tone for a song, or just messing around with tones. But most of the time, I just trip over it because I forget it is there.
     
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    GrouchyDog Senior Member

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    I have a Crybaby Classic. It's like my torque wrench - I don't need it that often, but when I do there's nothing else that'll do the job.
     
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    Hector Arcadius Senior Member

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    Pretty much, this. I have one on my board and use it every now and then, but only with some serious gain. I don't need it, not at all, but I will keep it around. It's fun stuff, but not essential to me.
     
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  17. Boppy

    Boppy Senior Member

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    I love wah, but it's one of those fx that sounds best if used sparingly--the same way you don't want to hear jet-plane flanging through an entire song.

    I agree with what's been said already--they are quite hard to master if you're using it to articulate certain notes (an art in itself) rather than rocking it back and forth in time to the music--it sounds okay like that too, but very pedestrian.

    One thing I use my wah for that no modulation pedal can accomplish is slow sweeps in time with the music/chord changes (think Jimmy Page's "San Francisco" interval from TSRTS) .
    I also use it to get those crazy whale-sounds on Echoes by the Floyd ;)

    I have a Crybaby GCB-95 that came stock with the red Fasel. The only mod I've done is to turn the pot back a couple of notches to tame the ice-pick tone in the toe-down position.
     
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  18. HRC

    HRC Senior Member

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    I use one at home a little while I practice and try to play one song using it at rehearsal. I haven't used one at a gig in quite a while.
     
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    cynic79 Senior Member

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    I've got one, and it can be fun to play, but I don't use it much. I tend to play rootsy-type music, and I just don't find much occasion to use it. I had a blast using my Ibanez Weeping Demon when I had my Egnater Rebel 20 though. A wah into a Marshall-style amp is wicked fun.
     
  20. X–Ray

    X–Ray Cowbell by Misadventure Premium Member

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    Could be mistaken, wasn't the lead break to Whole Lotta' Love a wah clicked on as a kind of gain and treble boost?

    Not sure...
     
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